Manchester Memorial grad Chris Lambert enters Boston College Hall of Fame
Last Saturday — while the organization that drafted him in the first round, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the team with whom he made his major-league debut, the Detroit Tigers, were participating in MLB playoff series — Lambert was back at BC, where he was among eight inductees to the school’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
As his father, Ray Lambert, tells it, Chris blew six straight strikes past the first two batters. By the time the third hitter stepped to the plate, dozens of radar guns were homing in. Three 95-mph heaters later banished the last batter.
The scholarship offers began cascading in, partially easing the pain of the non-refundable deposit Lambert’s parents had sent to Holderness.
“He won a lot of games for us without a bat in his hand,” said Hughes, now coach of the University of Oklahoma. “Chris was the first marquee prospect in Boston College baseball history. That comes with a lot of responsibility and pressure. He always put his teammates and his university first. It’s an honor to have coached him.”
“I didn’t know what I was doing,” he said. “I just threw as hard as I could.”
That’s not quite how classmate Marco Albano remembers him. A third baseman who also converted to pitching and ultimately spent six seasons in the minor leagues, Albano said of Lambert, “Once the game started he was very serious, very focused. He had it all. He had speed, his breaking balls were sharp ... But for a kid at the college level to understand pitching and location at that age — you just don’t find it very often. Some guys are more of a thrower, but he was a pitcher right away.”
“Getting drafted high can be both a blessing and a curse,” he said. “You get moved along fairly quickly, but the teams want a fast payoff from their investment. If you start to struggle, they try different roles to see if you can fit in. It’s a business, just like an investment that you discount back four years.”
His pitching days behind him, Lambert puts his finance and accounting degree to use in the investment banking firm of Covington Associates.
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